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Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris, Patrick Stewart's Crazy Early Role, Thor Motion Comic, and More -- The Lrm Weekend

30 June 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

  By David Kozlowski   |   30 June 2017

Welcome to Issue #2 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Last Issue: 6.23.17

Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic brawl from the recent or distant past -- we want to hear from you, share your favorite fights with us!

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon (1972) Bonus: Chuck Norris Talks About Bruce Lee

The original movie poster from 1972!

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If we're going to have a serious, weekly conversation about proper fight scenes, we have to go back to the source...The martial arts fight that »

- David Kozlowski

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The Best Michael Bay Stories From the Set of Transformers

22 June 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The latest of the “Transformers” franchise was released this week. “Transformers: The Last Knight” contains all of the action that we expect from the movie series with the addition of all IMAX 3D configuration throughout the film. Director Michael Bay is known as a “difficult” director to work for. One actress compared Bay to Hitler. Bay is well known for his high action films including “The Rock” and “Armageddon”. With a big budget and a stylistic mind, Bay is expected to take action to a new level in his films. This includes high explosives, quick editing cuts, 3D effects and

The Best Michael Bay Stories From the Set of Transformers »

- Nat Berman

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The Rock 2: Michael Bay Details How The Sequel Would’ve Panned Out

21 June 2017 2:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Depending on when and where you’re reading this, it’s June 21st, which means it’s the longest day of the year for those north of the equator – not to mention one of the most exciting, providing you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones saga.

But on the Paramount lot, June 21st is a momentous day for another reason, for today heralds the long-anticipated launch of Transformers: The Last Knight. Angled as Michael Bay’s fifth and seemingly final entry in the blockbuster series, The Last Knight signals the end of an era, though critics have been particularly damning of Bay’s last hurrah.

Paramount’s global juggernaut will no doubt continue with or without Michael Bay – a Travis Knight-directed Bumblebee spinoff has already been locked in for 2018 – but now that the filmmaker is ready to part ways with the series once and for all, we can readily expect Bay to spearhead projects that aren’t hatched as sequels within established franchises. Then again, one sequel that Michael Bay never quite got around to making was a follow-up to The Rock, the 1996 actioner starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage.

Per /Film, here’s how that sequel would’ve panned out:

The sequel that I have in my mind for this movie is basically after Nic Cage is married to Carla, they drive off. Nic Cage has this microfilm of all this bad government confidential [info], like, who killed JFK? The government comes after Nic Cage with a vengeance. We’re talking out to kill. It turns into more of a thriller. Nic Cage has nowhere to turn, because he’s been stabbed in the back by the government, and they’re after him. Maybe he takes Carla, I’m not sure. Maybe they separate. I’d really like to separate Nic and Carla, and have Nic try to employ the help of Sean Connery. Basically, taking The Rock off exactly where it left off.

Is that a follow-up you’d like to see take shape? Or do you believe The Rock 2 should remain in the realm of wishful thinking? As always, let us know your thoughts and suggestions below. »

- Michael Briers

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55 Things We Learned from ‘The Rock’ Commentary with Michael Bay and Nicolas Cage

21 June 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Rob Hunter

“So I got on the idea of Japanese kabuki... and also The French Connection.”

The article 55 Things We Learned from ‘The Rock’ Commentary with Michael Bay and Nicolas Cage appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Rob Hunter

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6 Things That Must Happen In ‘Top Gun 2’

21 June 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Top Gun 2 is right around the corner. Actually, we should be referring to the film as Top Gun: Maverick, which is the the ‘official title’ revealed by Tom Cruise back last month in an interview just before The Mummy hit cinemas. Of course, the least said about Universal’s first Dark Universe title the better, as the film only managed to pull in $58 million in its opening weekend Stateside. Reviews were poor and the public stayed away sadly, but while it has still managed to pull in around $300 million globally, sources say it will cost the studio around $95 million after publicity costs are added to the film’s reported $125 million budget.

Tom Cruise is being blamed, rightly or wrongly, for his involvement for the film’s dire box-office take, but we’re guessing that he’s not all that bothered considering the films he has in the pipeline. The Cruiser is currently hard at work on Mission: Impossible 6 and, after shooting a bunch of action scenes over in Paris, has moved on to New Zealand to polish off the film’s massive intercontinental shoot. There’s also American Made, an action-drama based on real events, a film directed by Doug Liman, due for release later in the year. Following that should be Top Gun: Maverick, but little has been said yet about the high-octane big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer movie, set to shoot next year.

Here at Thn Towers, we’ve been scratching our heads and thinking what this sequel absolutely must contain to win over the fans, and less importantly, those darned critics.

Get The Right Director

So, obviously a biggie, and a no-brainer. Sadly, the first film’s director is no longer with us. Tony Scott would have celebrated his 73rd birthday on the very day that I am writing this (June 21st), but the director of such modern action classics as Beverly Hills Cop and The Last Boy Scout passed away back in 2012. A worthy successor is still to be found (at the time of writing), and while nobody will replace the filmmaking genius of Scott, producers will have to match the filmmaker’s style and high-octane, well choreographed action set pieces, along with the sun-soaked look that the original so magnificently displayed.

Joseph Kosinski is one filmmaker that has been mentioned in the same breath as Top Gun: Maverick, but while I love his work on Tron: Legacy and even Tom Cruise’s sci-fi movie Oblivion, I can’t help but think he’s the wrong choice for this. I’m going to put my film writing life on the line here and name one person who absolutely would nail a Top Gun movie – this man.

This is Michael Bay. Before you attempt to come ’round and give me a good old kick in the shins, please bear with. The Rock is a magnificent action film. So is Bad Boys, and its sequel; as is Armageddon (I don’t care what you say). Pre-Transformers, nobody could touch Bay for high concept action movies, and its no coincidence that all of those aforementioned movies were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who will produce the Top Gun sequel.  I can’t think of a better choice, both in grand filmmaking style and overall look. Bay is the man for the job and I will accept no substitute.

Tom, Give As Much Input As You Like

I have no idea how much influence Tom Cruise has over the movies he appears in. The Mummy supposedly failed because of his alleged meddling, but Tom, you are Maverick, and we’ll always dig you for it, so please, give up as many ideas as you like, but while doing so, leave as much stuff to the guys behind the camera as possible and really trust them. I’m sure you do this anyway, and while I personally don’t believe all the guff we’ve been reading recently, I truly believe Jerry Bruckheimer knows what he’s doing, and now that I’ve officially hired Michael Bay to direct, we’re already on to a winner. Just roll with it.

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- Paul Heath

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The Rock 2: Michael Bay outlines how it would have gone

20 June 2017 10:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jun 21, 2017

Michael Bay has been chatting about his idea for The Rock 2...

Spoilers for The Rock lie ahead.

Michael Bay’s fifth and apparently final Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, arrives in cinemas this week. But one sequel that he never made was a follow-up to arguably his most liked film, The Rock.

The movie starred Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage of course, with the former helping the latter break into Alcatraz Prison to foil a terrorist plot. At the end of the film, we see Cage’s Stanley Goodspeed in possession of a microfilm, that appears to have major Us state secrets on it. A microfilm given to him by Connery’s John Mason.

Bay did have an idea for a follow-up, and in conversation with Slashfilm, he’s been chatting about where it could go.

"The sequel that I have in my mind for this movie is basically after Nic Cage is married to Carla, they drive off", he explained.

"Nic Cage has this microfilm of all this bad government confidential [info], like, who killed JFK? The government comes after Nic Cage with a vengeance. We’re talking out to kill. It turns into more of a thriller. Nic Cage has nowhere to turn, because he’s been stabbed in the back by the government, and they’re after him. Maybe he takes Carla, I’m not sure. Maybe they separate. I’d really like to separate Nic and Carla, and have Nic try to employ the help of Sean Connery. Basically, taking The Rock off exactly where it left off".

There’s no chance at all of the film happening now, of course. Even if Bay wanted to do it, Sean Connery has long retired from acting, even turning down a chance to return to the Indiana Jones series around a decade ago (maybe The Rock could do it, just to have some fun with the poster?). As it stands, The Rock remains one of the most fun standalone Hollywood action movies of the 1990s. I hope one day that Michael Bay can top it.

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‘Transformers’: A Look Back Before ‘The Last Knight’

20 June 2017 5:22 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

It's been rough being a Transformers fan in the age of Michael Bay. The 33-year-old intellectual property, which began as a toy line from Hasbro in 1984, has seen countless TV shows, comic books, and even an animated feature film in 1986. But when Steven Spielberg announced that he was producing a live-action version of the Robots in Disguise, fans thought we had hit it big. Then came Michael Bay.

The commercial and music video director, who apparently got lucky in the 1990s with a few solid films (Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon), but had apparently cooled his creative jets in the late '90s and early part of the new millennium (Pearl Harbor, The Island) could have been a solid choice to direct a Tf film. What fans got were four films, and a fifth in the chamber, that were ridiculously nonsensical and so creatively up and down that long time »

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‘The Rock’ Sequel: Michael Bay Wanted to Send Goodspeed and Mason on the Run

20 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Michael Bay directed three Transformers movies about Sam Witwicky, and two about Cade Yaeger, but only one about maybe his most likable action heroes, Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery). Over 20 years after The Rock opened in theaters, sadly Bay isn’t attempting to reunite Cage and a retired Connery, but he did […]

The post ‘The Rock’ Sequel: Michael Bay Wanted to Send Goodspeed and Mason on the Run appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Exploring the deleted footage from Event Horizon

15 June 2017 1:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Padraig Cotter Jun 20, 2017

Just what's in the never-to-be-seen director's cut of Event Horizon? We take a look at what we know...

Big spoilers lie ahead for Event Horizon

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Paul W S Anderson wouldn’t be considered one of the all-time great auteurs. He’s a director heavily inspired by the genre output of John Carpenter, James Cameron, George Miller, Walter Hill and many others, but while those directors often infuse their work with recurring themes or subtext, Anderson is often just about B-movie thrills. His work is filled with exciting action and pretty visuals, but when the characters start talking it’s usually just to motivate the next setpiece.

That said, there’s something kind of pure about how ruthlessly he strips his movies to the bone. Take Resident Evil: Retribution, for example, the fifth entry in the movie franchise. It’s got arguably the best setpieces, the most creative production design and an assortment of pretty people firing machine guns, but it’s virtually plot-free and calling the characters one note would suggest they had a note to start with. If you surrender to his cinematic sensory overloads you’ll (usually) have a good time; if you stop and question anything that happens, you probably won’t.

Even filmmakers with a less than stellar reputation usually have one movie even their distracters will give them a pass for. Michael Bay has The Rock, Jan De Bont has Speed and Paul has Event Horizon, his nightmarish sci-fi horror movie. Like most of his output the plot is relatively straight forward; an experiential spaceship returns from a black hole after disappearing seven years earlier, and a rescue team are sent to investigate.

Hell literally breaks loose.

It’s not a perfect movie and has telltale signs of re-editing - more on this in a moment – but it remains a disturbing, visceral chiller loaded with a suffocating atmosphere of dread. It’s the rare big budget horror flick that actually gets under the skin and has a quality cast to boot, including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Hello to Jason Isaacs. Despite being considered Anderson’s best work it was a bomb back in 1997, making back less than half its budget and receiving mediocre reviews.

While it didn’t bother the accounting department of Paramount on release, the cult of Event Horizon steadily grew over the years, and it started doing tidy business on DVD. Soon stories of the troubled post-production grew among the fanbase, including the near-legendary screening of a hastily edited rough cut that had executives running for the door. Due to the movie’s tight production schedule, Anderson was only left with four weeks to assemble the first cut, instead of the usual ten. This resulted in an edit that ran just over two hours, but the lack of time to finesse it resulted in slack pacing, unfinished effects sequences and a terrible sound edit.

Then there was the gore. Oh yes, the gore.

While Paramount had looked in on the production early on, they mostly left Anderson to his own devices during the shoot in England, so they weren’t expecting the high level of viscera he unleashed. This rough cut was loaded with stomach churning scenes and imagery, which apparently caused some of the test audience to faint. Needless to say, Paramount were not happy with their young director, demanding a sweeping re-edit to dial back the nastiness and the runtime be cut to around ninety minutes. While Anderson knew Event Horizon needed tightening, he felt the released version was too short and could have benefited from more character building scenes and reinserting some of the gore.

Sadly he probably won’t get the chance to release a director’s cut, since the film came out prior to the rise in special edition DVDs. The unused footage was packaged off to a Transylvanian salt mine for storage, so when he came looking for the footage it was in such poor shape it was no longer usable. Anderson himself has recently reaffirmed this, seemingly dashing any hope of the lost footage re-emerging from a black hole, like the titular ship itself. 

So what hit the editing room floor? To start with, there were a few more scenes centred on the supporting characters and examining their fears. We learned Cooper’s biggest fear is losing someone he cares about, which is why he’s so upset when his chum Justin nearly kills himself. There was a backstory for DJ’s (Jason Isaacs) body scar, which was the result of childhood operations, and he would have revealed his big fear is being dissected alive; sadly, that one doesn’t work out well for him. There was also an extension of the scene where Peters hallucinates her son with horrible wounds on his legs, where she would have also seen maggots crawling all over them.

Justin featured prominently in a deleted jump scare too, where the crew are gathered around his cryo-pod after his suicide attempt. While the others discuss what happened, Sam Neill’s Dr Weir briefly hallucinated Justin turning into his late wife, who stares at him despite her notable lack of eyes. The flashback to her suicide was also bloodier and more harrowing, but it’s reduced to quick flashes in the final cut.

The special edition DVD managed to find a couple of deleted moments, including a briefing scene establishing the re-emergence of the Event Horizon. There was a disconcerting moment where Captain Miller initially explores the ship and finds a strange object floating around. He snatches it out of the air to finds it’s a tooth with bits of gum still attached.

The creepiest deletion comes from the finale, during the scene where a cryo-tank fills with blood and unleashes a torrent towards Joely Richardson’s Starck. A brief extension has Dr Weir – who has now gone full-blown demonic - crawling down the ladder like a spider, smiling at the fleeing crew members. It doesn’t add much, but the sight of a naked, blood-soaked Sam Neill is one that lingers in the mind. Neill’s body make-up in the finale was also quite elaborate and detailed, but in the final edit he’s mostly only seen in tight close-ups on his face.

The scene that haunts the nightmares of anyone who’s seen Event Horizon is the video revealing the fate of the original crew, who literally tear each other to pieces. The crew log is edited in quick cuts showcasing all manners of mutilation, with one chap pulling his own guts out through his mouth. Despite only running for twenty seconds a lot more footage was shot, which would have earned an Nc-17 without breaking a sweat.

Effects supervisor Dave Bonneywell has described his time shooting the sequence and some of the gruesome details that didn’t make it. Deleted shots include a female crew member who had her mouth held open by clamps, while a crazed guy performs amateur dentistry by drilling screws into her teeth. Another unlucky chap has his legs smashed apart by steel bars and crawls away leaving parts of them behind, while another crew member had her breasts torn off. The scene also included more cannibalism and sex, with adult performers being hired to simulate the errr, intensity of the scene. The director realised most of it probably wouldn't be used, but he filmed it regardless. 

While it’s sad a director's cut likely won't happen, Event Horizon remains a solid big budget horror film with some memorable sequences, and its reputation is only likely to grow in the years ahead. Maybe hope isn’t entirely lost though. While chatting with the San Diego Reader about Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Anderson mentioned Event Horizon’s producer Lloyd Levin recovered an old VHS tape that possibly contained his original cut. Despite this the two men haven’t been in the same place at the same time to have a look, so neither of them know what’s on the tape.

Mr Levin, if you ever read this, maybe break out the old video machine and have a quick peek.  »

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’Cannonball Run’ Reboot: Warner Bros. Taps ‘Dodgeball’ Director for New Take on Hal Needham Films

13 June 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warner Bros. is gearing up for a “Cannonball Run” reboot, with “Dodgeball” director Rawson Thurber and “Reno 911” creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in talks to direct and write, reports Deadline.

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The project will relaunch the franchise begun by Hal Needham’s “The Cannonball Run” in 1981, a slapdash comedy starred Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and many other stars of the time. The Fox release was universally panned by critics, but was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Warner Bros. followed that up in 1984 with “Cannonball Run II,” and Orion released a third film, “Speed Zone,” in 1989. The franchise centers around a cross-country car race, inspired by a real race that took place throughout the 1970’s.

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- Jude Dry

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Suicide Squad: (nearly) one year on

8 June 2017 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 4, 2017

We pay a return visit to last year's Suicide Squad, to see how the passage of time and a rewatch has affected the experience...

Nb: The following contains copious spoilers for Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

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Batman V Superman should've been simple. A lean, 100-minute exploration of how two of the biggest heroes in comics could wind up in a pitched battle against each other - and which of them might win.

Yet while we found things to like in Zack Snyder's superhero movie - Ben Affleck's weathered Bruce Wayne, Jeremy Irons' tech-savvy Alfred - it also felt overwhelmingly like an exercise in over-egging the pudding. Like a game of Jenga, Batman V Superman's narrative piled plot thread on top of plot thread (introductions for The Flash, »

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Muscles, mullets and Malkovich: has Con Air got even weirder with age?

6 June 2017 8:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

When Hollywood strapped Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and a host of bad guys into a plane and crashed it on Vegas, what was the result? An action hit that was half prison flick, half rock video – and is, 20 years on, still dangerous

A ridiculous movie when it was released in June 1997, Nicolas Cage’s bumpy flight Con Air only seems more absurd 20 years later. The debut of UK director Simon West, it is a thundering action blowout so loud, haywire and sentimental that – in perhaps the ultimate backhanded compliment – it is often misidentified as a Michael Bay movie. Certainly it feels like a natural bridge between two of Bay’s pre-Transformers hits: 1996’s The Rock, where Cage first seemed to get a real taste for being an action star, and 1998’s Armageddon, another high-concept blockbuster hip to the benefits of recruiting an overqualified ensemble. All three movies bear the glossy, »

- Graeme Virtue

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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

5 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

5 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets, »

- Anne Thompson

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Michael Bay Gives ‘World’s Loneliest Dog’ Role in ‘Transformers’

23 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you want any insight into the mind of Michael Bay, just look to his canine companions. “If you understand how he feels about his dogs, you’ve got it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “He’s nuts about them, they’re like his kids.”

Currently, Bay is father to three English Mastiffs: Rebel, the oldest, and puppies Nitro Zeus and Bumblebee. Many of his past pups have been named after characters in his films, such as Bonecrusher, named after a Transformer, and Mason, for Sean Connery’s character in “The Rock.” Both dogs even made appearances in the “Transformers” franchise.

That love isn’t just limited to his own dogs. His producing partner at Platinum Dunes, Brad Fuller, recalls a day he and his wife were in a car with Bay. “A dog kind of jumped in front of us,” Fuller says. “He pulled over immediately, put on the hazards, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Michael Bay Reflects on His Career as He Receives Hands and Feet Honor

23 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On May 23, Michael Bay will have his hands and feet encased in cement outside the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, alongside classic stars from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep.  While Bay is thrilled, he does have one hesitation. “I just remember as a kid, going to see the handprints and I always thought the people who got this honor were so much older,” he says with a laugh.”

For the record, Bay is a youthful 52, but it’s a credit to his career that his accomplishments over the past 20 years have put him in the ranks of his mentors Steven Spielberg and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer, both of whose imprints are also in the Chinese forecourt. And it’s full circle for Bay, a native Angeleno who  discovered he wanted to be a director at that very theater.

At age 15, Bay was working at Lucasfilm, filing storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Pirates of the Caribbean Salazars Revenge Review: Dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (2017)

22 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar’s Revenge Review: The fifth Pirates film hits cinemas this week, but is it any good?

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It’s been almost fifteen years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film arrived in cinemas. The film, based on a popular ride at Disney’s theme parks, took the world by storm and proved that audiences still loved a pirate yarn. Then came two sequels in reasonably rapid succession (2006 and 2007), and with the narrative completed, we thought that was the last we’d seen of Captain Jack Sparrow. Then in 2011 we got another trip around the oceans with Sparrow, this time without his sidekicks, Elizabeth and Will. It lacked the pizzazz of the original trio, but despite lukewarm reviews, went onto the generate a massive box office meaning that film five wasn’t far away. »

- Kat Hughes

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William Forsythe cast as J. Edgar Hoover in The Man in the High Castle

18 May 2017 1:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Another historic figure will be appearing in the alternate history of The Man in The High Castle, with Boardwalk Empire’s William Forsythe set to portray infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the show’s third season.

Based on the novel by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, The Man in The High Castle imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II and America is split between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan’s control.

Other roles Forsythe is known for are the series The Mob Doctor and Michael Bay’s The Rock. Amazon renewed the series for a third season in January and hired a new showrunner with the renewal. The third season will premiere on the streaming service this fall.

The Man in the High Castle stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel de la Fuente, Brennan Brown, Bella Heathcote, Callum Keith Rennie, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, »

- Ricky Church

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TV News Roundup: SundanceTV Acquires U.S. Rights to Australian Comedy ‘Rosehaven’

17 May 2017 4:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, SundanceTV secures U.S. rights for season one and will co-produce season two of Australian show “Rosehaven,” while “The Man in the High Castle” casts William Forsythe

Deals

SundanceTV has secured the U.S. rights for the first season of the Australian comedy series “Rosehaven” and will co-produce the second season with The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia. The series follows Daniel McCallum, who returns to his rural Tasmanian hometown, Rosehaven to help his intimidating mother with her real estate business. He gets a surprise when his best friend from the mainland, Emma turns up on his doorstep – on the run from a marriage so fresh her husband is still on their honeymoon. Season 2 of the eight-episode series will begin filming Monday, June 19 in Tasmania.

Casting

William Forsythe has been cast to play the role of J. Edgar Hoover, the powerful and controversial first director of the FBI, in »

- Rebecca Rubin

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TVLine Items: The Rock's SNL Promo, High Castle Adds Hoover and More

17 May 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Dwayne Johnson is really carrying this weekend’s Saturday Night Live finale.

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In a new promo for his SNL hosting stint this Saturday (NBC, 11:30/10:30c, live coast-to-coast), the wrestler-turned-actor tries to save his strength for the show by having cast member Beck Bennett carry him around. But with The Rock in Studio 8H, the ensemble is soon jumping on his back.

Press Play above to watch Johnson’s display of strength.

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